Kick the Buddy HD

Common Sense Media says

Violent stress-release app lets players assault rag doll.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are no instructions, but there's really no need. Once you see the rag doll, start poking and you'll get the idea. 


The entire point of the app is to abuse and torture a rag doll. Users can use a variety of weapons from pistols to bazookas to land mines and more. The doll occasionally begs for mercy and makes moaning sounds, but the worst that happens to it is he gets knocked out. 

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To get additional weapons, users need to use in-game dollars. If they prefer not to wait to bank enough money through the course of the app, they can purchase them for $1. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kick the Buddy is an electronic equivalent of a stress release toy. Users fling the rag doll around the screen and assault it with pretty much any weapon you can imagine, from pistols to shotguns to bombs to ... well, baseball mitts. There's no malicious agenda to the violence, though. It's done in a humorous vein. The game does have in-app purchases, but they're not aggressively marketed at the player. 

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Kids say

Is it any good?


There's unquestionably something cathartic about taking out your frustrations on a rag doll, especially one that flings trash talk your way before begging for mercy. And while KICK THE BUDDY isn't an app for young kids, those old enough to realize it's just fantasy and stress releasing will have fun coming up with creative ways to assault the smiling little fellow. 

It's hardly an app that's one you want to spend a lot of time with, though. Even with the variety of weapons, the core mechanic is the same and it gets old after a while. You might return to it from time to time, but you'll wonder why you spent a few bucks on this when you do. 

App details

Release date:June 7, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Size:21.30 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Parent Written byjaime1000 January 30, 2012

kick the buddy hd

that is cool

Adult Written byJEDI micah July 17, 2012

Don't just stand there! KICK THE BUDDY!!!

If you have severe anger issues and need an app that allows you to release your frustration, then this is your kind of app! The rag doll is completely unarmed and defenseless, so just keep on throwing him or hit him with stuff until he dies! Due to the violence, this app is best for kids ages 11 and up!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byTpestrngth July 14, 2012

How to teach genocide and build serial killers!

There is a frightening direction this would take any child ( adults too) in when you are rewarded for following instructions to torture a cute animated character with a multitude of sickening methods. Shooting, beating, attacking animals, paper shredders, poisoning, etc... Isn't this how you build serial killers and cultivate genocide?

If you let your kids play this, you step back and consider the lesson be learned.

What other families should know
Too much violence


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